Master of Arts in Health Advocacy Offers Unique, Low-Residency Program with Distance Learning Opportunities in a Growing Field

At a time when uncertainly over the Affordable Care Act has put a spotlight on healthcare, Sarah Lawrence College this week announced that it is offering a new low-residency master’s degree program in Health Advocacy.

The accelerated, 18-month program, which will start in January 2018, is designed to appeal to professionals in the health field or those interested in entering it who are seeking to have a role in improving health and our health care system. Sarah Lawrence’s health advocacy program, established in 1980, was the first to offer a master’s degree in the field.

The series of twelve, courses will begin in January 2018 with an intensive two-week, on-campus program followed by a combination of distance learning and on-campus classes.

Gloria Escobar-Chaparro, Acting Director of the Health Advocacy Program, said that when Sarah Lawrence first established the program nearly 40 years ago it focused mainly on preparing patient advocates, but that the burgeoning health care field has provided many new opportunities for those interested in health advocacy. From palliative care, to reproductive rights, to aging, and the effects of trauma and violence, health issues touch on so many areas, she said.

“The field has broadened so much in recent years. With the heighted awareness of issues that affect health and the anxiety over changes in our health care laws, health advocacy is a dynamic and growing field that offers opportunities to people at all career stages,’’ said Escobar-Chaparro.

Escobar-Chaparro said that the college is now offering a low-residency format to make education more accessible to people outside the New York area and to working professionals.

Crystal Greene, Manager of New Learning Initiatives, said that the technology being used allows for an online community of students and teachers who work together, rather than an independent study approach. While the class and teachers interact in real time, the online component allows for flexibility, which is appealing to working professionals.

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Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, coeducational liberal arts college that consistently ranks among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country. Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, the historic campus is home to an intellectually curious and diverse community.

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